Supremes almost at the top of their game in deluxe version of 'The Supremes – A Go-Go'
Motown Records - used by permission

The Supremes' 1966 album The Supremes – A Go-Go was a huge success for the group that year. It hit No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, the first album by a female group to reach No. 1 (and in the process knocking the Beatles' Revolver album off its No. 1 perch). It sold 1 million copies in the U.S and also spawned several big hits for the band, including the No. 1 single “You Can't Hurry Love” and the top 10 hit “Love Is Like an Itching In My Heart.”

Universal Music and Motown recently released a two-CD deluxe version of the album. The first disc kicks off with both mono and stereo mixes of the album. As with many mono vs. stereo mixes, the stereo has the depth, but the mono has the power. And as was the case with many albums of the day, it includes several covers. “This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak For You),” originally released by the Isley Brothers, and the Four Tops' “I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) gets good versions here from the Supremes. Not so good, though, are “Hang On Sloopy” and “These Boots Are Made For Walking,” which sound terribly forced.

The rest of disc 1 and all of disc two are unreleased outtakes or alternative versions. There are several songs of interest here. The Motown covers of songs by other bands are the most intriguing. To add to the cover of “I Can't Help Myself” from the album, a version of “It's the Same Old Song” is on disc 2. And the Supremes do Marvin Gaye's “Can I Get a Witness.” The set also has two booklets. One is about the album with details of the tracks and the history surrounding the LP. The second reproduces the group's 1966 tour program.

Outside of a few minor down spots, The Supremes A' Go Go was one great album in 1966 and an expanded reissue now that can be easily recommended.

Full track listing:

Disc: 1 - Original Album (both stereo and mono mixes)

  1. Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart (Mono LP)

  2. This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You) (Mono LP)

  3. You Can't Hurry Love (Mono LP)

  4. Shake Me, Wake Me (When It s Over) (Mono LP)

  5. Baby I Need Your Loving (Mono LP)

  6. These Boots Are Made For Walking (Mono LP)

  7. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) (Mono LP)

  8. Get Ready (Mono LP)

  9. Put Yourself In My Place (Mono LP)

  10. Money (That's What I Want) (Mono LP)

  11. Come And Get These Memories (Mono LP)

  12. Hang On Sloopy (Mono LP)

  13. Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart (Stereo LP)

  14. This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You) (Stereo LP)

  15. You Can't Hurry Love (STEREO LP)

  16. Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over) (Stereo LP)

  17. Baby I Need Your Loving (Stereo LP)

  18. These Boots Are Made For Walking (Stereo LP)

  19. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) (Stereo LP)

  20. Get Ready (Stereo LP)

  21. Put Yourself In My Place (Stereo LP)

  22. Money (That's What I Want) (Stereo LP)

  23. Come And Get These Memories (Stereo LP)

  24. Hang On Sloopy (Stereo LP)

  25. Mickey's Monkey (Bonus Track)

  26. It's Not Unusual (Bonus Track)

  27. (I Can t Get No) Satisfaction (alternate vocal) (Bonus Track)

  28. Uptight (Everything's Alright) (alternate vocal) (Bonus Track)

  29. In My Lonely Room (alternate mix) (Bonus Track)
     

Disc: 2 - Bonus Tracks
 

  1. He s All I Got (alternate vocal)

  2. (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave (version 1)

  3. It's The Same Old Song (version 1)

  4. Mother Dear version 3 (alternate mix)

  5. Misery Makes It's Home In My Heart (alternate mix)

  6. Can I Get A Witness (alternate vocal)

  7. Don't Let True Love Die (alternate vocal)

  8. Just A Little Misunderstanding (alternate mix)

  9. Come On And See Me alternate mix

  10. This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You) (alternate vocal)

  11. Money (That's What I Want) (alternate vocal)

  12. Put Yourself In My Place (alternate vocal)

  13. These Boots Are Made For Walking (alternate vocal)

  14. Hang On Sloopy (alternate mix)

  15. Get Ready (alternate mix)

  16. Slow Down (alternate mix)

  17. What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted (alternate mix)

  18. What The World Needs Now Is Love (alternate mix)

  19. Blowin' In The Wind (alternate mix)

  20. With A Child's Heart (alternate vocal)

  21. Let The Music Play (alternate mix)

  22. Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over) (Supremes & Four Tops Duet)

  23. Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart (early versions the scratch it mix)

  24. Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart (The SupreMix)